Spirit Australia Cruises

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Our Murray River Cruises operate along the entire length of the Murray River between Goolwa SA and Albury, NSW. From the moment you board one of our purpose built boats, you will be enchanted by the never ending but always changing scenery, the abundance of birdlife and wildlife, the history and stories, the captivating colours, moods, sounds and silences.

Spirit Australia passengers do not stay on-board in cabins. Passenger accommodation is on-shore in comfortable en-suite riverside town hotels allowing time to explore a different riverside town most evenings.

We mostly cruise one way, with coach return to port of origin to maximise distance cruised and minimise duplication of scenery. Our boats are therefore smaller, allowing access to unique untraveled waters and offering a more personalised and small group cruising experience. Our captains also offer expert and entertaining commentary on the stories and history of the Murray River.

We also cruise the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. A unique opportunity to explore the 7 Rivers, 4 Channels, 3 Lakes, 2 Straits & islands that inter-connect to make up the fascinating and diverse waterways.

More recently, we have added cruises on the Myall Lakes, Brisbane River and the Hawkesbury River.

Services

From $140 to $160

Departing from the historical port of Goolwa this one day cruise travels upstream to Clayton and past Point Sturt across Lake Alexandrina, (Australia’s largest fresh water lake). After re-entering the river cruising continues through spectacular scenery and river side towns of Wellington, the Jervois irrigation area, Tailem Bend cliffs and Murray Bridge to Mannum. Where on arrival a coach is waiting for the return transfer back to Goolwa.
Over the course of the day, you will cruise the last 125 kms of the Murray river with expert commentary provided. Price includes all cruising, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and return transport to Goolwa.

Disabled Access

From $2730 to $3105

This eight-day cruise departs from the historical port of Goolwa cruise upstream across Lake Alexandrina (Australia’s largest freshwater lake), upon re-entering the river Murray, cruising continues past dairy farms, willow lined river banks, spectacular golden cliffs, through red gum forests and station country. The cruise finishes after 878 river kms in Mildura where a coach waits to return you to either the Adelaide CBD or back to Goolwa.

Over the 8 days of cruising you will travel though Australia’s Sunraysia and river land areas well known for quality food and wine. This cruise has a unique itinerary unlike any other river cruise, nightly meals and accommodation in riverside towns give the opportunity to explore, specified onshore excursions give the opportunity to talk and hear stories from locals who have lived in river side towns and worked in the farming and paddle steamer industries. A 38km cruise up the darling river pass through 11 locks and travel through three states (SA,VIC,NSW).

Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions

Disabled Access

From $1650 to $1920

On this five-day cruise you travel almost all south Australia’s Murray river, departing from the historical port of Goolwa cruise upstream across lake Alexandria (Australia’s largest fresh water lake). After re-entering the river continue cruising past willow lined fiver flats, irrigation areas, farm lands, spectacular golden cliffs, and south Australia’s river land famous for its food and wine Passing many river side towns, under several bridges and five of the Murray river locks. Over the five-day Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in riverside hotels along the way each night. The cruise finished in Renmark after 553 kms along the river, where return coach transport of Goolwa and Adelaide is available.

Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions. Onshore excursions provide the opportunity to explore, experience and hear the history of the Murray river.

Disabled Access

From $1995 to $2205

On this cruise you will experience waters rarely cruised by other operators, this section of river is quite isolated and usually cruised by only tinnies and canoe. Irrigation waters are released from the Hume Dam and river flows are highest during the peak irrigation season. The cruise can be quite the adventure at times due to swift currents, many snags and varying river levels. For those reasons this cruise can only run in one direction during late October and the month of November and even then, it is subject to river levels.

Disabled Access

From $3190 to $3565

Departing from Albury cruise downstream along parts of the Murray river rarely cruised by other operators, through breath taking scenery past pumping stations, tributary river inlets, gum forests and river side towns. this section of river is quite isolated and usually cruised by only tinnies and canoe. Irrigation waters are released from the Hume Dam and river flows are highest during the peak irrigation season. The cruise can be quite the adventure at times due to swift currents, many snags and varying river levels. For those reasons this cruise can only run in one direction during late October and the month of November and even then, it is subject to river levels.

Disabled Access

From $140 to $160

This one-day cruise departs from the historical port of Mannum, travel downstream past the river side towns of Murray Bridge, Tailem bend cliffs, the Jervois irrigation area, Wellington. Enjoy a lunch on board before cruising across Lake Alexandrina (Australia’s largest fresh water lake) to Goolwa.
Cruise the last 125 kms of the Murray River with expert commentary provided. Price includes all cruising, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and return transport to Mannum.

Disabled Access

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